It has been my unfortunate experience to have campers in large numbers invade my street over the last six years.
My young family and I are sick of them using our street as a toilet and tip… with the incessant violence, noise, drugs, urinating, vomiting and defecating and the piles of rubbish they leave behind.
It is illegal to camp on council or public land in many other shires. I thoroughly endorse council providing the rangers with the legislative support to clamp down on these parasites.
I read that ‘itinerant camper’ Ms Morgan intends to take Supreme Court action against the Byron Shire Council (Echonetdaily 3 April 2012). Ms Morgan states, ‘I represent and do all the legal paperwork myself – so there will be no cost to the ratepayers from my side when the Council loses’.
Ms Morgan, any time or resources that council allocates to your action will be a cost to ratepayers. I would prefer my rates go somewhere else thank you.
Council’s actions are not directed at the genuine homeless. They are directed at campers who pass through our town at a cost to our local amenity with rarely any financial contribution. Council and rangers are showing sufficient consideration for the genuine homeless, which is not something tolerated in other shires. I don’t like Ms Morgan’s chances of sleeping in her car in the main streets of Sydney when she lodges her action.
Michele Grant (Echo Letters April 3, 2012) complains that ‘Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby already experience the influx of homeless/transient people during peak holiday periods when patrolling intensifies in Byron’. Michele now you know what it is like for Byron residents 365 days of the year.
How about a lifestyle choice that involves supporting oneself without relying on the taxpayers and ratepayers of Byron Shire?
Bill Mitchell, Byron Bay